A paintball player can build their own ideal gear loadout or setup, containing the exact paintball gun, loader, air tank and other accessories they need to best enjoy the game! Some players tailor their gear around their physical stature – smaller or younger players carry smaller, lighter equipment, while other players tailor their equipment to the job they do or their style of play on the field.
A paintball player whose job it is to constantly be shooting to keep heads down or prevent an opponent from reaching a critical spot on the field may choose a larger loader, a more efficient paintball gun and a larger air tank so they can shoot non-stop for the entire game, while other players whose job it is to be small, fast and sneaky, may lighten the load with a compact setup, easier to carry and that makes a smaller target.
A player should consider these points when deciding on the air tank they intend to use – a smaller tank may be lighter and easier to carry, but it may not provide enough shots to get a player through the game, while a large air tank that will power a paintball gun for half the day might be too heavy some players, or too long for others to comfortably use. The best all-around size of compressed air tank is the 68 cubic inch 4,500psi model as it provides plenty of shots on almost any paintball gun, while remaining relatively light, compact and affordable. Players using CO2 generally select a 20oz CO2 tank for the same reason: plenty of shots per tank at a low cost and manageable size.